UN World Refugee Day
Refugees: United Nations, United States and You
The 1952United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugeesadopted the following definition of a refugee (in Article 1.A.2)
"Any person who: owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to, or owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country.
World Refugee Day
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Portrait of a Refugee: Khaled Hosseini
Khaled Hosseini, Afghan-American author, physician and UN Goodwill Envoy, was born in 1965 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Hosseini is the son of an Afghani diplomat father and a high school teacher mother. In 1976, following a Paris diplomatic assignment, the family sought to return to Kabul in 1980, but by then their homeland had witnessed a bloody communist coup and the invasion of the Soviet Army. The Hosseinis sought and were granted political asylum in the United States, and in September 1980 moved to San Jose, California.